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white house to develop stricter penalties against cyber theft. cnbc's mandy drury is here with the details in what's moving your money. this story is getting a lot of traction. >> it is, the obama administration does need to get serious about this. it really is increasing evidence of a campaign not just like one offs but a campaign of cyber stealing and, you're right, it has been linked to the chinese government. they are looking to develop a more aggressive response which could include -- we're talking about the theft of u.s. government data and corporate trade secrets, it could include new measures like fines and other trade actions against apple has confirmed that had has been a victim of the widest known cyber attack on the computers and try to down play the consequences and say no important data was stolen. as yet the full extent of the breach is not entirely clear. what we do no, hackers infected mac computers of apple employees with malicious software that has been designed to attack mac computers and reps for apple say they are working with law enforcement officers to try a
you back to the torino games. >>> a mega merge ser about to take off. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. cnbc reporting this, a deal between american and us airways pretty close to being done. >> that's absolutely right, chris. and as american airlines and us airways, which by the way is the parent close to reaching a merger agreement in a deal that would create the world's largest airline which is possibly going to be an announcement of the deal in the next couple of weeks. now, the talk here is, chris, that an all stock deal between those two air carriers would be executed as a reorganization plan that takes amr out of chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the combined company would be worth apparently more than $10 billion. so as we say, we could be getting that finalization of an announcement in the next couple of weeks. we'll have to watch out. >> is another story i know you've been watching, "jansing & co." meets at 5:30 in the morning. i'm going to say we're not always completely awake, but people's eyes bugged open this morning when we heard about this milestone
taking a big chunk out of spending. cnbc's mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. "the wall street journal" reports that worried companies are scrambling to meet changing demand. >> yeah. you're absolutely right, chris. lots of retailers in fact are really trying to adjust to this brave new world if you like. we've got consumers like us. we've all got smaller pay checks right? the 2% payroll tax hike. i think hurts a household with $65,000 in annual income about $1,300 this year. so that's real money. we've got gasoline prices which have jumped nearly 50 cents a gallon in the past month alone. so you've got companies like walmart stocking more of its shelves with cheaper products and smaller sized packages of everything from toilet paper to snacks to diapers you name it, daily necessities. also burger king is cutting its whopper junior sandwich to $1.29 from about $2 and focusing its ads on its value menu items rather than higher priced salads or smoothies and also kraft and meat supplier tyson foods introducing more lower priced products to help restaurants and superma
mandy drury today and scott wapner. becky quick and joe kernen are off. they're going to join us live tomorrow for a special broadcast from pebble beach. they have some pretty cool guests themselves tomorrow. you don't want to miss that. >> did you draw the short straw or the long straw by not going? >> that's good. i don't play golf. so i don't think becky plays golf, either, so we'll see. we're all rooting for joe, who is playing. we hope he makes the cut. >> okay. we're rooting for joe. >> we all have to root for joe. i don't know if becky carries the bag or if she drives the cart. i don't know how it works. she's not going to like that comment, but we do love both of them, of course. our guest host this hour, chief equity strategy phil orlando and ben white of morning money fame. let's talk about the headlines this morning. a story in the "new york times" today looks at documents filed in federal court this week that relate to jpmorgan. the document suggests when an outside analysis uncovered serious flaws with thousands of home loans, the bank didn't disclose the full extent of p
megamerger is taking flight. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> they're getting together on valentine's day. well, this merger is going to cut down the number of major u.s. airlines now to four. you've got the new american, you'll have united, delta, and southwest. so everyone is kind of asking, what does that mean for me, the consumer. well, it potentially means higher prices, less competition, higher prices. we'll have to wait and see. also, richard, most airline mergers have resulted in a reduction of flights and also shrinkage at some hubs. but management is saying this is different because u.s. airways and american overlap on just 12 routes. if you are a traveler, you will not notice immediate changes. it is likely going to be months for example, the frequent flier miles are combined and years before the two airlines are integrated. in other words, don't panic. >> not yet. >> we'll move from the world's largest airline to automobiles, and you've got news on what is the most dependable. >> yeah. j.d. power is out with the annual dependability survey. in other
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